By Carmen Glover
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh addressed thousands of journalists on Thursday, July 31 at the opening ceremony for the 39th National Association of Black Journalists Convention.
Both men welcomed the venerable organization to the city of Boston for the first time. Governor Patrick spoke on his 58th birthday and spoke proudly of his achievements in the state. The mayor spoke about Boston’s focus on diversity and his commitment to President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper program.
“We are taking a leadership role in the My Brother’s Keeper because they will from the next generation of leaders in our city. I told my staff that the president’s initiative must succeed in Boston.”
The mayor expressed his pleasure that the organization decided to host the convention in Boston. NABJ president Bob Butler, who was born in Chelsea, and ESPN co-host of Numbers Never Lie Michael Smith, spoke about his roots in Boston, as a former intern at the Boston Globe. Sarah Shaw, the first black female newscaster in Boston also addressed the gathering during the opening ceremony.
NABJ14, got off to a stirring start on Wednesday, July 30 with welcome remarks offered by veteran journalist Carole Simpson, who was the first African-American female anchor on television when she anchored ABC’s weekend edition of World News Tonight for several years.
Wednesday ‘s welcome ceremony featured an exclusive sneak preview of the riveting James Brown biopic, “Get On Up.” The movie provided an unvarnished look at the complex and textured life of the late Godfather of Soul, whose demons propelled him to hone his craft and strive for musical excellence. Talented actor Chadwick Boseman captured Brown’s unmatched aura and gave a profound insight into the life of a man whose highs included sold out concerts and an energized fan base, juxtaposed with lows that showed him in jail, and violently abusing the women in his life and creating a rift in his other relationships.-OnPointPress.net